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  • Education for Leadership Roles 
    • Preparation to be faculty members, education specialists, policymakers
    • Understanding of the engineering education ecosystem
    • Experience with various teaching and learning environments


  • Research Focus Areas 
    • Student-centered learning and design based apprenticeship
    • Problem solving and critical thinking
    • Diversity and cultures of inclusion
    • Role of informal learning environments
    • Universal design for STEM students with (learning) disabilities


  • Research Outcomes 
    • Improved teaching techniques that lead to conceptual understanding
    • Approaches to teach basic science in an engineering context
    • Models of realistic problem-solving
    • Guidance for improving undergraduate research experiences


  • Research Benefits 
    • Improved conceptual understanding and long-term retention of content
    • Students who are prepared for professional practice
    • Improved climates for a diverse engineering workforce


  • Research Opportunities 
    • Active funded research projects
    • Research assistantships and fellowships
    • Interdisciplinary and collaborative research working with experts in various disciplines


  • Employment Opportunities 

    Graduates will be ready for leadership positions in academia, education services companies, government, school systems, and non-profits. Potential positions include faculty, government education policy, and publisher educational design and development.


  • Courses 
    • Florida Institute for the Development of Engineering Faculty
    • Foundations of Quantitative Research
    • Foundations of Qualitative Research